Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks that it would be “crazy” to write off Germany at Euro 2020 so soon despite their struggles against Hungary in the last game of the group stage.
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Jurgen Klopp’s national side finished second in the group of death (Group F) among the likes of Portugal, France and Hungary which is a commendable feat in itself. After suffering a defeat in their first group stage match against France, they made an incredible comeback against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, thrashing the defending champions 4-2.
However, they were on the verge of getting eliminated from the tournament after giving away the lead to Hungary twice in the last game. Had Leon Gortezka not scored the equaliser in the dying minutes of the game, we would not be having this conversation in the first place.
The Nationalelf have been anything but consistent in their Euro 2020 outing so far and they cannot be termed the favourites to win the trophy. They have been in an “on-off form” in the three matches that they have played so far. They will now be facing the toppers of D – England, who have had a pretty similar campaign so far, in the Round of 16.
What Jurgen Klopp said
However, Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is optimistic ahead of Tuesday’s heavyweight clash at Wembley and believes that Germany will be benefiting by the tough examination they faced in Group F.
“To write off Germany now, it would be crazy, ” Klopp told BILD when asked about his country’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals.
“We played well against France, Portugal. We dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years.
“We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team you need such a game.
“And now we’re going to make a real go of it on Tuesday.”